September 18, 2006
SONY MERGES VAIO® DESKTOP WITH QUALITY LCD TV
– Sony of Canada Ltd., Canada's leading supplier of electronic and computer products for consumers and business, today unveiled the new VAIO® LS1 TV/PC Combo, combining the power of a personal computer with a high-quality LCD (liquid crystal display) television.
Featuring a framed display with a transparent border for a stunning, floating effect, the Sony VAIO LS1 TV/PC Combo packs the essentials for powerful computing into a slim chassis discreetly hidden behind the back of a flat-panel, 19-inch WSXGA+ (wide super extended graphics array) (1680 X 1050) LCD display.
The new VAIO LS1 TV/PC incorporates an Intel® Core™ Duo processor, 2 GB (gigabytes) of RAM (random access memory) and a roomy 250 GB hard drive for running multiple, demanding applications simultaneously, such as watching and/or recording a TV show while downloading music in the background. The unit is a Windows Vista™ -capable PC. It is also Windows Vista Premium-ready.
"The LS1 model is a testament to our design and engineering prowess incorporating all the power of a desktop into a showpiece design," said Puneet Jain, Senior Marketing Manager, VAIO, Audio Video/Information Technology Group, Sony of Canada Ltd.
For tidy interior design, the VAIO LS1 TV/PC incorporates personal computing into the living space without any unsightly wires. Network cables are discretely routed, ports are conveniently located on the sides and wired connections are minimized. An included wireless mouse and wireless aluminum keyboard folds up for a beautiful presentation when not in use.
By using the unit's built-in wireless LAN (802.11 b/g) technology, the VAIO LS1 TV/PC can be positioned virtually anywhere in the home and still access Internet sites, e-mail, and a home network.
Sporting a 19-inch widescreen display powered by Sony's XBRITE-HiColor™ technology , the unit doubles as a flat-panel TV, delivering dazzling colours and sharp images whether displaying a movie, television show or web content.
The VAIO LS1 PC/TV ships with Microsoft® Windows® XP MCE 2005 and a built-in NTSC TV tuner providing DVR-like recording capabilities. It also has a built-in DVD burner and Sony's Click to DVD® software so consumers can create a digital entertainment library for personal viewing at their convenience.
The new VAIO LSI TV/PC also features an audio/video quick resume switch that shuts down the display and the audio output without the PC having to enter sleep mode. This allows consumers to return to full PC functionality without waiting for the computer to shut down or boot up.
Making it easy to stay in touch with family and friends, the VAIO LS1 TV/PC Combo also includes an integrated camera and microphone for recording and transmitting video messages.
The VAIO LS1 TV/PC Combo will be available in October at a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $2,499.99.
About Sony of Canada Ltd.
Established in 1955, Sony of Canada Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of Tokyo, Japan, a world leader in the manufacture and marketing of electronic and computer products for consumer, business, electronics publishing and multimedia applications on a global scale. With headquarters in Toronto, sales offices in Vancouver and Montreal and distribution centres in Coquitlam, British Columbia, and Whitby, Ontario, approximately 1,000 employees support about 78 Sony stores and a network of more than 500 authorized dealers across Canada.
For further information, please visit us at www.sony.ca, www.thesonystore.ca, www.sonybiz.ca or www.sonystyle.ca, Sony's product information and e-commerce Web site, or contact:
John B. Challinor II APR
General Manager, Advertising
& Corporate Communications
Sony of Canada Ltd.
Michelle Cowan Lefler
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